Soft and versatile, a stretchy wrap is ideal for your baby's first months. It evenly distributes the baby's weight, promoting the baby's development. The fabric's elasticity puts the baby at ease while allowing him to move freely. Made of a high density cotton knit, it offers more stability than a simple jersey. It's a practical choice for fast transitions from one position to another. Thanks to its flexibility, it allows you to move the baby without the need to untie the wrap. The stretchy wrap makes it look like as if you were carrying the baby in your shirt.
Because of the transportation and manipulation required to make a baby wrap, it should always be washed before its first use. A first wash will also help to strenghten the fibers of the textile. We recommend washing it by hand in lukewarm water with a mild soap, ideally a no-rinse soap. Lay flat to dry and do not iron. Avoid sunlight and heat sources to protect its colour.
Although possible, we do not recommend techniques using a single fabric layer or carrying your baby on your back. We recommend limiting the stretchy wrap's use to carrying on the hip or on your stomach with a classic cross carry knot.
We recommend that you limit the use of the same side to carry your baby. Change shoulders frequently to rest your back. If you choose to use the cradle position, be very careful in its execution, as it presents more risks of suffocation. Keep the baby's face visible at all times. If you prefer the baby to face the world with his legs inside the wrap, know that this position requires more attention, as the baby is at a greater risk of tipping forward.
Carrying your baby tummy to tummy is a position where the baby is held in a crouched position and is the most adequate method for carrying a newborn at least up to the age of 4 months. Your baby's back is kept well-rounded, as if still in the womb, while his knees are pulled upwards and his feet pointing down. This position is the same as when practicing skin-to-skin with your baby, which becomes possible as soon as he is at least 8 pounds, safely and easily. This crouched position will give him the comfort necessary to his sense of emotional security and is known to be beneficial to the development of his bones and joints. Before the age of 6 months, applying tension in the middle of the baby's back needs to be avoided. There are many tying techniques for you to experiment with to perfectly envelop your baby and support him in the ideal position for his stage of development.
Starting at 6 months and when your baby can sit by himself, his spine is sturdy enough to no longer need constant back support. Should he feel constrained, need to move, or feels too hot, you can allow him to free his arms from the wrap. Early on, we recommend the simplest of wraps, the 'cross carry', so you can gain confidence in the technique and in your skills. Another useful method is the 'Kangaroo', which will perfectly support his spine as a newborn. View our videos to discover all of the ring sling's options
4 months and up
You can start carrying your baby on your hip as soon as he can hold up his head. This is an intermediate position which will give both you and your baby greater freedom of movement than on the tummy. Remember that without a baby wrap, we naturally carry a baby by holding him on our hip using one arm. There are many ways to sit your baby on your hip using a baby wrap, but recommend using the hip cross carry. Contrary to the woven baby wrap, the stretchy wrap doesn't offer as much support to the child, which means you should keep one hand available to hold him if he becomes agitated and stop the wrap from slipping down or fail to support his back to keep him close to you. You should use a tight hip cross carry technique for better results.
This carrying position needs your baby to be able to hold his head up by himself. It should be said that this position is not ideal, as it is less ergonomical than tummy-to-tummy and can be overly stimulating for your baby. Should you still like to use this position, keep its use to periods of 20 to 30 minutes at most and regularly verify your baby's blood flow to his legs. This is done by observing the colour of his skin, which should be pinkish rather than blueish. Should his feet get cold, this could also be a sign of difficulties with his blood circulation and you should set him in a different position. Make sure that his back is neither too flat nor too round, thus creating a bad inverted lumbar curve. Finally, his legs should not be hangong too low: to correct his position, tilt his pelvis as far forward as possible to move his knees as high up as possible and deepen his seating. There are two ways to position your baby facing out to the world, either with his legs inside the baby wrap or out and visible on either side. For the safest positioning, we recommend the cross carry technique.
Called the Cradle or the Madonna, this position is favourable to breastfeeding, but needs to be executed with precaution. Vigilance is a must, as you will need to keep an eye on the baby's breathing and make sure he's not suffocating. His face must be visible at all times and you should be able to slip two fingers between his chin and torso. His neck should not be overly bent. Some people will not recommend you this position, but we will, with the restriction that it should only be used when the baby is actively feeding and set him vertically again as soon as he's done, so as to help with his digestion and breathing. Breastfeeding hands-free is an exceptional experience!
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